Re-Named Foundation Adds New Family Board Members, Opens Houston Satellite in Former President’s Office
COLLEGE STATION, TX – The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation today announced that, consistent with the wishes of President and Mrs. Bush and their family, its Board of Directors has approved changing the name of the organization to become the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. The name change is designed to reflect the Foundation’s intention to support all areas of George and Barbara Bush’s public service legacy – including not only the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, but also the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Points of Light.
The Foundation also announced it has added three new board members: the Bushes’ sons Neil and Marvin Bush, their daughter Doro Bush Koch, and President Bush’s post White House chief of staff Jean Becker. Former Governor Jeb Bush will continue to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the Foundation will continue to be headquartered at the Bush Presidential Center in College Station, where it enjoys a critically important partnership with Texas A&M University.
“This change to the Foundation’s name reflects the lifelong partnership and commitment to public service of George and Barbara Bush, and carries out their intention that the Foundation help foster the causes and values that were so important in their lives,” said Alexander “Hap” Ellis, chairman of the re-named George and Barbara Bush Foundation Board. “This means continued support for the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the George Bush Presidential Library, as well as closer alignment with the other key organizations that were nearest and dearest to President and Mrs. Bush’s hearts.”
Going forward, the Foundation’s longstanding support for the institutions of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center in College Station will be supplemented by stronger engagement with three iconic, “legacy” organizations also founded and supported by George and Barbara Bush:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a public charity, is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by former first lady Barbara Bush in 1989 and has raised over $110 million to support family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more, please go to www.BarbaraBush.org.
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (the Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization created by the Bush family to improve the quality of lives of Houstonians through the power of literacy. The Foundation advocates for literacy as a fundamental right for everyone and views literacy as a necessary skill to achieve individual, family, and community success. https://www.bushhoustonliteracy.org/
Points of Light: Founded in 1990 by President Bush and based in Atlanta, Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The organization today is a global community with affiliates in 250 cities in 37 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations; together they engage five million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
“As our Foundation embarks on this promising and exciting new chapter, we are especially grateful for the continued, active support of the Bush family, which better positions us to pursue some game-changing opportunities,” said David B. Jones, president and CEO of the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. “This strong family endorsement of our mission and the steps we are taking to continue our namesakes’ work in bettering our nation will help us better promote value, virtue and nobility of service across their core causes.”
Lastly, to broaden the reach of its headquarters in College Station, the George and Barbara Bush Foundation is establishing a satellite office in Houston, located in the office space previously occupied by the Office of George H.W. Bush. “Creating an ongoing presence in the Houston area will facilitate additional programming and development efforts, and allow us to provide additional support to our main Foundation functions based at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center,” Jones added. “It’s also quite fitting since George and Barbara Bush considered Houston their hometown.”
The George and Barbara Bush Foundation
The George and Barbara Bush Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic legacies of President and Mrs. Bush by supporting and promoting education and service-oriented programs at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, as well as the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Points of Light. We will continue to foster the life’s work of the 41st President and former First Lady to educate our citizenry and inspire the leaders of tomorrow for lives devoted to serving their country and their fellow citizens.
For more information, please go to www.GeorgeAndBarbaraBush.org.